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        11/19/2012, Kislev 5, 5773

      Philippines Prepares for Evacuation of Diplomats

      The Philippines said Monday it was sending two "rapid response" teams of diplomats to the Middle East to prepare for possible evacuations of its nationals in conflict-torn Gaza.

      One team was heading to Egypt and another to Israel later Monday to help the countries' Philippine embassies design an exit strategy for Filipinos stationed in the region, foreign department spokesman Raul Hernandez said.

      "We wanted to be proactive and not be caught flatfooted when the time comes for moving them out and taking them out of harm's way," Hernandez told reporters.